Kilmarnock Antique Gallery’s oyster plate collection recently was featured in Coastal Living Magazine. The gallery’s Oyster plate collection and related photos were used in a feature spread in the October 2016 issue.
The local antique venue is known for selling only vintage Oyster plates that are in very good condition with no repairs, chips or damage.
Steve and Lynn Bonner noted that “There is no Oyster plate so rare that you can’t find one in very good condition.” They went on to note that the value is diminished when the condition is not up to standards. Most of their Oyster plates are over 100 years old.
There are tons of reproductions and the gallery has offered to assist people nationwide with any questions they may have.
“We get calls or emails all the time when people have questions about a plate they have seen somewhere and want help with identifying its’ origin and value. The number one question I get asked all of the time is helping people assessing the value of the plates they have been left by a parent or grandparent,” said Steve Bonner
“We sell our plates all over the country as well as Canada and have built a good reputation with collectors,” said co-owner Lynn Bonner.
The gallery’s plates have been in a number of publications, as listed on their website (virginia-antiques.com) and have an extensive inventory that is offered to the public.
The Bonners opened their gallery 20 years ago and have been voted the best antique venue in eastern Virginia the past five years when the voting began.
Kilmarnock Antique Gallery, 144 School Street, Kilmarnock, is also part of the Virginia Oyster Trail.